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Community activist Al Flowers beaten by police
 
News Analysis 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

“I could feel every one of the blows — all 30 to 40 of them,” explains Al Flowers, longtime community organizer. Flowers was beaten by Minneapolis police who said they came to pick up his 16-year-old daughter because she was out of range of her electronic monitoring device. Police failed to pick up the daughter, but they did beat up and arrest the dad, Flowers, instead. Yes, police claimed to come to Flowers’ house at nearly 12 midnight on Friday, July 25, supposedly to pick up his daughter but did not take her into custody. In fact, the daughter was cleared of any wrongdoing by juvenile authorities on Monday. Continue Reading →

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Another ‘long, hot summer’ threatens North Minneapolis

By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer

 

 

After the latest rash of violence on Minneapolis’ North Side over the last couple of weeks, community residents and civic leaders are all searching for ways to stop it. Many are calling this the 21st Century’s version of “a long, hot summer” in the city. “We need to come up with real solutions this time,” stated Bishop Divar Kemp, who was among nearly 30 persons who attended a July 9 mid-morning meeting in the basement of New Salem Baptist Church on Fremont and 30th Avenue North held just hours after three Black women were shot in the area during the early-morning hours. “We are having a long, hot summer,” he said. Over a dozen shootings have occurred in the city so far this summer, reported Minneapolis Police Lt. Richard Zimmerman, who was among several officers in attendance at last week’s meeting. Continue Reading →

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Washburn Black doll-hanging incident stirs outrage

 

By Mel Reeves

Contributing Writer

 

The hanging of a Black doll by four Washburn High School students on January 11 created quite a furor at the school and in the Minneapolis Black community. A press conference was called last week and held at the MSR in Minneapolis by parents and community members, in which they expressed their hurt “that this kind of thing is still going on” and the desire to see that the perpetrators disciplined by the school. In a statement read at the press conference, participants said that this is a “needed opportunity to discuss and examine our collective perceptions of safety.” The group also pointed out that it was important to use this as an opportunity to teach students and staff about what is okay to say and do racially and what is not. Last Wednesday a community meeting was held at Washburn in which hundreds attended, primarily students. Parents and community members were concerned initially about the incident being swept under the rug and were alarmed about what appeared to be a delay in informing the students and parents about what occurred. Continue Reading →

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